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Will humans colonise space?

By Michael Lind   May 2001

Dear Mike

2nd April 2001

But those with no interest in the romance of exploration should be goaded by an interest in their own survival. If earth itself is endangered-as I think it is-then the self-preservation of our species requires humanity to diversify its risk, to put its eggs in more than one basket.

Fifty years ago, the nuclear physicist Enrico Fermi looked up at the sky and saw all those zillions of stars, many of which surely had planets, some of which surely could support intelligent life. But if the makings of life were everywhere, he wondered, where…

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